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General characteristics
1 personCrew
4.6 tEmpty weight
6.0 tTake-off weight
Flight characteristics
10 000 mCeiling
sec26.4/26.4/24.0Turn Time
190 km/hStalling speed
2 х Nakajima Ha-112Engine
airCooling system
Speed of destruction
762 km/hStructural
310 km/hGear
Offensive armament
37 mm Ho-203 cannonWeapon 1
25 roundsAmmunition
120 shots/minFire rate
2 х 20 mm Ho-5 cannonWeapon 2
400 roundsAmmunition
800 shots/minFire rate
1 600 Ge icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png3 700/3 310/1 600Repair
10 000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
210 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
590 Ge icon.pngAces
x 2.48 Rp icon.pngReward for battle


GarageImage Ki-96.jpg

The Ki-96 is a rank III premium Japanese twin-engine fighter with a battle rating of 4.0 (AB) and 3.7 (RB/SB). This aircraft was introduced in Update 1.35.

General info

Flight Performance

The Ki-96 is a generally smooth flyer and is characterized by its powerful armament, high speed, high climb rate, interceptor spawn and relatively good turn rate. All of these traits make for a solid interceptor that can shred through bombers like a hot Katana through wet Bamboo.

Max Speed
(km/h at 5,000 m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
568 553 10 000 25.3 25.7 14.5 14.5 380
Max Speed
(km/h at 5,000 m)
Max altitude (meters) Turn time (seconds) Rate of climb
Take-off run (meters)
634 600 10 000 23.7 24.0 30.9 19.5 380


Combat flap Take-off flap Landing flap Air brakes Arrestor gear
Wing-break speed
Gear limit
Combat flap
Max Static G
+ -
762 310  ??? ~?? ~?
Optimal velocities
< ??? < ??? < ??? > ???
Compressor (RB/SB)
Setting 1
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
 ?,??? m  ??? hp  ?,??? hp

Survivability and armour

  • 12 mm steel plating in the nose
  • 16 mm steel plating behind the pilot
  • Critical components located at the front of aircraft (fuel, pilot, engine, controls)
  • Self-sealing fuel tanks in the wings


Offensive armament

The Ki-96 is armed with:

  • 1 x 37 mm Ho-203 cannon, Nose-mounted (25 rpg)
  • 2 x 20 mm Ho-5 cannons, Chin-mounted (200 rpg = 400 total)

Usage in battles

One should fly the Ki-96 in its stated role: interceptor. When engaging bombers, be sure to approach from oblique angles and never tail one, as you have no bulletproof glass to protect your pilot from snipes. While bombers with good aim can snipe you, you can do the same to their plane in seconds when you land your devastating 37 mm cannon and 20 mm cannon shots. If all you encounter are fighters, it can make for a decent Boom-&-Zoom aircraft with its good speed, climb rate and armament. As a general rule, never turn fight. While the Ki-96 has a good turn rate for a twin-engined fighter, it is out-turned by most of its opposition, and same goes for its speed. With these in mind, always try to engage fighters with an energy advantage, although be careful as the Ki-96's roll rate heavily stiffens above 400 Mp/h or 643 Kp/h, which makes it hard to control at high speeds.

Manual Engine Control

MEC elements
Mixer Pitch Radiator Supercharger Turbocharger
Oil Water Type
Controllable Not controllable Not controllable Not controllable Separate Not controllable Not controllable


Tier Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
I Fuselage Repair Radiator Offensive 20 mm belts
II Compressor Airframe New 20 mm cannons
III Wings Repair Engine New 37 mm cannons
IV Engine Injection Cover

Pros and cons


  • Powerful offensive armament all mounted in the centre of the plane
  • Guns have good ammo capacity
  • Fast, quicker than most Japanese planes at the same rank
  • Turns well for a twin-engined Fighter
  • High climb rate
  • Thin body means smaller profile to be fired at
  • Decent roll rate below 640 km/h
  • Responsive elevator
  • 360° cockpit view
  • Premium rewards


  • Wings are littered with fuel tanks
  • Still outmaneuvered and outsped by most single-engined fighters
  • No bulletproof glass to protect the pilot from getting knocked out
  • Good cockpit visibility is hampered by a large amount of structural bars
  • Poor energy retention
  • Roll rate stiffens above 640 km/h
  • 37 mm cannon has relatively low muzzle velocity


The Ki-96 was a twin-engined heavy fighter developed by Kawasaki Aeronautics in 1942 after the success of their Ki-45 line. Like the Ki-45, it was a two-seat, twin-engined fighter with larger and more powerful Ha-112 radial engines to replace the Ki-45's Ha-104 engines. It was intended to replace the "Toryu's" for the Imperial Japanese Army Air Service, but the Imperial Japanese Army Aviation Bureau insisted that it be converted to a single-seat fighter. The first prototype made retained the cockpit canopy intended for a two-seat fighter, and the next two prototypes were fitted with smaller canopies.

Despite showing performance exceeding estimates and having excellent handling, the Army's requirements had changed back to two-seat fighters, resulting in production and development on the Ki-96 being halted, with only three prototypes being made. However, the wings and tail unit would later go on to form the Ki-102 wings and tail.


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See also

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Japan twin-engine fighters and attackers
Twin-engine fighters  Ki-108 · J5N1 · Ki-83
Interceptors  J1N1 · Ki-45 ko Toryu · Ki-45 otsu Toryu · Ki-45 hei Toryu · Ki-45 tei Toryu · Ki-96 · Ki-109
Attackers  Ki-102 otsu